YOUR EXEMPTION QUESTIONS
Medical Exemptions: Common Misunderstandings
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Many people seeking medical exemptions could save a lot of time and trouble if they understood better how these exemptions work. The information below concerns some common misunderstandings I’ve encountered in my two decades of legal exemption work.
1) There’s no such thing as a general exemption you get now so you have it for a future vaccine mandate. Exemptions, by definition, are an exception to a mandate. If there’s no mandate, there’s no exemption. Exemptions only come into play when you’re dealing with a present mandate. And the available exemptions and specific procedure for each exemption will vary from specific situation to specific situation.
2) With medical exemptions, the question isn’t whether you have a medical condition that you feel should exempt you from a vaccine mandate. (Frankly, anyone with a beating heart has a sound basis for objecting to vaccines on medical grounds as far as I’m concerned.) And it doesn’t matter whether there’s research supporting your opinion. What matters is whether you have a medical condition that meets the legal requirements that apply to your specific vaccine mandate. The law varies from state to state, context to context, specific situation to specific situation. There are about three dozen different vaccine mandate and exemption categories and subcategories in the U.S. with many different standards for medical exemptions. So, you just need to determine what medical conditions qualify in your situation. If your medical condition meets the legal requirements, you can move on to step two, finding a medical doctor willing to recommend a medical exemption. This is different from religious exemptions, where there’s one legal standard that applies to all religious exemptions as it concerns what beliefs qualify for the exemption. While both medical and religious exemptions involve Constitutional rights, there isn’t one federal legal standard for all medical exemptions like there is for religious exemptions.
3) Most medical exemption laws require a medical doctor licensed in your state to make the recommendation. But in rare instances, other healthcare professionals can make the recommendation, and/or a medical doctor licensed outside of your state. These details vary with the different laws applicable to exemptions in different states or in different federal contexts. So, the starting point is to identify and read the statute(s) and/or regulation(s) setting out the medical exemption requirements and procedure applicable to your specific situation, when such laws exist. There are, however, situations where no laws spell out the specific requirements for medical exemptions, such as with most employer-mandated vaccines.
4) Assuming you:
a. Are dealing with a specific mandate,
b. Have a potentially qualifying medical condition, and
c. Have a medical doctor willing to make the recommendation,
the next step is to determine the procedure that applies to your specific situation (if there is one; most employee medical exemptions don’t have a specific procedure spelled out in the law, so employer exemption policies vary). Sometimes a form is required, other times the doctor may need to write a letter. It’s important to determine the correct procedure, as failure to follow it can cost you the exemption. Keep in mind that the people who process exemptions are just doing their job. They will follow orders to keep their job, and their job duties don’t include making exceptions to the required procedure.
5) Finding a medical doctor willing to recommend a medical exemption has become increasingly more difficult over the years, and that trend is likely to continue. A control agenda is being advanced, and the activism community hasn’t been able to stop that. Doctors who recommend exemptions are attacked despite doing nothing wrong, because the corrupt control agenda isn’t about health or real science. Vaccine truth is suppressed, replaced by a false narrative; and anyone opposing the control agenda is “managed,” attacked or suppressed, to keep the truth hidden and the corrupt agenda moving forward. Corrupt or brainwashed health officials attack honest, informed medical doctors, punishing them for speaking truth and assisting people with exemptions. How can they get away with this, you may ask? Simple: science and law don’t apply to powerful criminal elite. And powerful psychological manipulation hides truth from the masses under a false-narrative that, due to the manipulation, appears logical to the masses. As activists keep discovering, you can’t break through that veneer, the implanted false narratives, with facts. This is because the manipulation is rooted in a subconscious fear of disease death that literally pushes away truth. Truth appears illogical and dangerous to manipulated people. A psychological process must be added to our information-sharing to awaken the masses. (See Fear vs Knowledge for an explanation of how manipulation works in both sleeper and aware communities.)
6) A medical doctor may or may not have the final say in whether you get a medical exemption, depending on the law that applies to your situation. In NC, for example, there’s a narrow range of medical conditions that qualify for a medical exemption to vaccines required for daycare, school, and college enrollment. When a medical doctor makes the recommendation for a condition on the list, the exemption is granted. A doctor can recommend a medical exemption for a condition not on the list, but in that case, the state health department decides whether to grant or deny the exemption (because no one knows your child better than some bureaucrat in the state capitol who’s never seen you child, right? <sigh>). But vaccine policy isn’t driven by logic or real science—it never has been. It’s driven by corrupt power. So, don’t waste your time trying to figure out vaccine laws based on real science, they will never look logical in that regard, because they aren’t.
7) Most state exemptions laws apply only to daycare, school, and college. Federal laws provide exemptions for federal contexts—military and immigration, for example, and indirectly for some employer-mandated vaccines. But for the vast majority of employees dealing with employer-required vaccines, there’s no clear legal standard for medical exemptions. Many employers, therefore, default to CDC recommendations. Sadly, this pretty much means you have to be dead for two weeks to get a medical exemption in the workplace. Please pardon my dark humor, but there’s a serious point here. It can be very difficult for employees to get a medical exemption, at least in the healthcare industry. One nurse’s employer denied her request for a medical exemption despite the nurse having letters from three doctors. Fortunately, she was able to get a religious exemption. But since there’s no clear legal standard for most employee medical exemptions, employers may simply “disagree” with an employee’s doctor, especially if strict CDC recommendations support it. For this reason, employees considering medical exemptions would do well to also investigate religious exemptions. The good news is that many employees got medical exemptions with a doctor’s letter during the pandemic. But my work with a couple of thousand employeees over the past decade revealed that hospital employers in particular aggressively resist vaccine exemptions. The healthcare industry is run by “pharma-party-line” administrators who often impose illegal policies on their employees in pursuit of unrealistic “100% immunization compliance” goals. These overzealous vaccine policies are driving more and more healthcare professionals away from the healthcare industry.
8) Some employees may be able to refuse employer-required vaccines on medical grounds under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act if they have a medical condition that meets that ADA definition of “disability.” The ADA doesn’t provide a “medical exemption” per se, but it has clear definitions for “disability” under the act that may, in some situations, provide a vaccine “out” on medical grounds. Employers must provide employees with a qualifying disability a “reasonable accommodation.” What that means is a separate discussion, but presumably, a reasonable accommodation would be consistent with the accepted science.
The fact that it’s getting harder and harder to find medical doctors willing to recommend medical exemptions shouldn’t deter us from looking for one. However, this trend will only continue until we take new action to stop it, as it just keeps getting worse. In recent decades, the pharma agenda has continued to advance despite all we’ve done. So yes, we must educate ourselves about our rights, so we can assert them effectively. But those rights are being continually whittled away, and most can be circumvented altogether by the simple declaration of an emergency. When that occurs, our normal rights can be put on hold, sometimes indefinitely, whether there’s a real emergency or not. (Exhibit A: The Plandemic). Stopping this ever-advancing control requires addressing the critical missing piece that holds us all back, the piece that explains why decades of ever-greater activism work has, overall, been met by a still-and-ever-advancing agenda. Until we recognize this more clearly and take appropriate new action, our rights will continue to diminish. One project is addressing this critical missing piece.
Alan Phillips, J.D.
Vaccine Rights Legal Expert
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